Sussex County League backs down over results

Screenshot showing results of SCWGFL Under-16 Division

Youth team results are back little more than a week after they were banned from Full-Time

The Sussex County League has reversed its decision to ban the publication of youth-team results on the official FA website after a wave of protests from club officials and players. Continue reading

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‘You can’t see it in the results but we’ve got better’

Manager Emma Wood and assistant Roy Stannard speak to the Crawley Wasps U15 players during a half-time break (Photo: Sent Her Forward)They said they wanted to take on the boys to improve their individual games – and they weren’t afraid of losing (at least, not as much as some of them feared the physical encounters).

So how do the girls of Crawley Wasps’ Under-15 side feel after a season of pitting their skills, strength – and wits – against their male counterparts in the Mid Sussex Youth and Minor League? Continue reading

Golden girls’ gamble: switch to boys’ football ‘a success’ – but at a price

Action from Crawley Wasps U15 v Preston Panthers, 2016/17 (Photo: Dave Burt)

The steep learning curve has brought benefits and setbacks for Crawley Wasps’ girls (Photo: Dave Burt)

We have to learn to lose.”

When Amy Perry put Crawley Wasps Under-15s ahead in their first competitive match against a boys’ team, few could have imagined that seven months – and 17 games – on, the talented, all-conquering girls team who had previously swept all before them would end their trail-blazing season without a win, having conceded 193 goals and scored just five – two of them on that opening day. Continue reading

Result almost academic as experienced Worthing win colleges battle

Newman Lewes Academy 0
Worthing College 6 (Tubby 12, 45, 57; Rolf 16; Booker 55; Pursey 59)

In the battle of the Sussex academies, experience won the day as Worthing College, the academic arm of Brighton’s development set-up, swept aside Newman’s, the newest kids on the block, established by East Sussex rivals Lewes last summer. Continue reading

First-half BHASVIC blitz dashes Onslow cup hopes but not their spirit

BHASVI players celebrate the opening goal against Onslow at the Withdean Stadium, Jan 11 2017 (Photo: Simon Roe)

BHASVIC are through to the quarter-finals of the colleges national cup (Photo: Simon Roe)

BHASVIC 3 (Butcher 6; Evans 21; Ward-Penny 40)
Onslow 2 (Sende pen 39; Fisher 59)

Brighton’s BHASVIC powered into the last eight of the Association of Colleges National Cup with a hard-fought victory over a young, but talented, Onslow St Audrey’s Academy at the Withdean Stadium. Continue reading

Crawley still making a game of it in a boys’ world

Action from Crawley Wasps U15 v Cuckfield Cosmos United, Oct 30 2016 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

There were some positive signs in Crawley Wasps’ second defeat of the season to Cuckfield Cosmos United

Crawley Wasps U15 0
Cuckfield Cosmos Utd U15 9 (Montford 9, 22, 49; Lehkyj 15, 69; Field 23, 76; Smibert 43; Crow 56)

It’s nearly two months since Crawley Wasps’ under-15 girls took the plunge and joined a boys’ league in the hope of presenting their talented players with the sort of challenge other girls’ teams were unable to provide. Continue reading

‘We have to learn to lose’ – why a special team took on a new challenge

Poppy Nicholls, Eleanor Keegan and Chanelle Gainsford, Crawley Wasps U15, Aug 14 2016 (Photo: Dawn Keegan)

Poppy Nicholls, Eleanor Keegan and Chanelle Gainsford express their hopes and fears about their new challenge (Photo: Dawn Keegan)

Crawley Wasps’ all-conquering girls’ team have switched to a boys’ league to experience a new challenge and to continue their football educations, which they believe have stalled because of their superiority over all their female rivals. Continue reading